County native releases ESU book

Staff writer

A book about the history of Emporia State University was released for sale on March 4. It details the history of the university since its founding 150 years ago.

The book was written by Steven Hanschu, a native of Marion County. He was raised in the Lost Springs-Ramona area. He graduated from Centre High School in 1970 and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in library science and history from ESU.

The 128-page book was published by Arcadia Publishing Company and is available online at Amazon.com, Arcadiapublishing.com, and other book retailers.

In the book foreword, current ESU President Michael Shonrock praised Hanschu for “adroitly arranging materials to show the story of how Emporia responded to the state’s educational needs.”

The institution was authorized by the state legislature in 1863 as a “normal” school, along with Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.

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